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Old Posted Nov 6, 2012, 7:14 PM
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Damage Assessment on Hospital to Start Soon
Officials are awaiting clearance to get into the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital in Labrador City to assess smoke and water damage caused by a nearby 108-unit apartment fire on the weekend. A Labrador-Grenfell spokesperson says until officials are allowed into the building, it's hard to know the full extent of damage done to the hospital. In the meantime, temporary services have been set up at the Salvation Army Citadel where 9 patients are currently receiving care. Meanwhile, work on the new hospital continues with construction expected to be completed by next December and the official opening slated for the spring of 2014.
Acting Mayor Karen Oldford told VOCM Open Line with Randy Simms the fire scene has now been passed over to the RNC to begin their investigation. Oldford says efforts to save the hospital may have caused extensive damage to the building, but the full extent is not yet known. Oldford says in the meantime, the need for housing remains.
Meanwhile, the weekend fire is having a direct impact on IOC's recruitment efforts. The apartment building would have accommodated new hires, ready to start work at the end of the month. The director of external relations with IOC, Heather Bruce-Veitch, says the workers would have replaced a hundred workers who are set to retire.
Bruce-Veitch says they are in the process of trying to figure out their next move, but for now, recruitment is on hold.

sad that this fire happened.. apparently there is a big housing problem.

fortunatly for would be tenants that this was still under construction and not occupied
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